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O/T- Recommendations for a mill.

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Sgt. Mike, Sep 24, 2007.

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  1. Sgt. Mike

    Sgt. Mike TS Member

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    I'm considering the purchase of a mill for doing some home gun repair. I would like some recommendations for a home type of mill. I need just the basics and nothing produced in China or Taiwan. Preferrably Made In The USA. Thank you in advance. Michael
     
  2. Capt. Morgan

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    There are a lot of really good mills produced in Taiwan under the Bridgewood name. The website link above will help if you want "new" and "US-made".

    Morgan
     
  3. ccw1911

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    Find a Bridgeport and you'll be happy. I'm using one made in 1964 and it does everything I could ever need to do.
     
  4. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Maybe the Chinks think we're too stupid to tell the difference between Bridgeport and Bridgewood...
     
  5. zzt

    zzt Well-Known Member

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    I'll third or fourth the Bridgeport idea. I used several of their models when I was a tool and die maker. Good stuff. Made in Connecticut. I passed on an opportunity to buy an old one for $100, because i had no way to move it. If any of the toll and die shop[s in your area still have them, they may give one to you for a song just to be rid of it.
     
  6. Jim101

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    If it has to be USA made, Bridgeport is the one to get.

    Do a search on e-bay for bridgeport milling machine. There is several listed.

    Jim
     
  7. jakearoo

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    What the hell is a mill? Jake
     
  8. GunDr

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    A mill is like a drill press on steroids....A LOT OF STEROIDS!!
     
  9. Sgt. Mike

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    Ed,

    We live in Bevier so I would say we are close. I don't exactly know when I will be ready. TS.com has provided a lot of great information, as usual. It's amazing how trapshooters are so knowledgable on a variety of subjects.

    To everyone, thank you very much. It's interesting, as noted above, how the companies in China and Taiwan are using names similar to those we are familiar with. Thanks again. Sgt. Mike
     
  10. over the hill

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    Go for the Bridgeport. If it has a power feed you might consider renderning it inoperative unless you are an experienced machinist.

    Since this is a tool thread, anyone out there have or know where I can buy a decent Drill press? I need a benchtop with a tight spindle. Most of this China stuff is junk. A small model would do. A decent line shaft conversion is OK also. Thanks Gerald
     
  11. code5coupe

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    AIR, Delta makes some nice small drill presses.
    Also, look at mcmaster.com for some bench drill presses, as well as an interesting drilling/milling machine for $1500.(may not be USA-made, though)
     
  12. highrib

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    Michael,

    You may try this website. Search machines,then milling machines,then vertical milling machines. Machine tool dealers from all over country. You may also look at Wells/Index. Not quite as user friendly as Bridgeport but you can probably save a few bucks and still get a quality US made machine.www.machinetools.com

    Billy Wood
     
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    Smithy makes a nice 3 in 1 unit for the do it your selfer. Combination lathe-mill-Drill. Headquartered in Ann Arbor MI. Not sure where they are made though.

    Jeff
     
  14. The Rock

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    Ebay has a lot of Bridgeport mills most of them are J heads staring around $1,250.00 For this one.


    Transportation is another matter.



    Rock

    Jim
     
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